Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, August 5th, 2017

Clear skies greeted some 100 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, August 5th, 2017, 8:30 p.m. Professor Sarah Gallagher made 2 presentations of her digital slide presentation Tight Families: Compact Galaxy Groups and fielded questions. Graduate student Pranav Manangath was the “crowd manager” for the evening. Continue reading “Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, August 5th, 2017”

Summer Academic Writing Clinic, Evening Observing at the Cronyn Observatory, August 2nd, 2017

A cloudy, later partly clearing hazy sky greeted 38 visitors (students and staff members) from the Summer Academic Writing Clinic for incoming first-year students, for evening observing at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017, 8:30 p.m. Professor Robert Cockcroft made the digital slide presentation “Celestial Bear: The Six Nations’ Night Sky” and fielded questions. This was followed by the visitors dividing into groups for tours of the downstairs “Black Room” and observing in the dome. Continue reading “Summer Academic Writing Clinic, Evening Observing at the Cronyn Observatory, August 2nd, 2017”

Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, July 29th, 2017

Clear skies greeted some 104 or more visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, July 29th, 2017, 8:30 p.m. Professor Robert Cockcroft made 2 presentations of the digital slide presentation “New Horizons: A New Look at Pluto and fielded questions. RASC London member Bob Duff counted 57 visitors in the lecture room at 8:30 p.m., for the first slide presentation. More people arrived with some going into the lecture room and others going upstairs into the dome. Professor Robert Cockcroft counted 15 visitors for his second slide lecture. There were a total of 104 visitors counted midway through the evening, as people crowded into the dome and on to the observation deck. Continue reading “Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, July 29th, 2017”

Boys & Girls Club of London, Solar Observing at the Cronyn Observatory, July 28th, 2017

Partly cloudy skies with hazy clouds greeted 32 visitors (28 children and 4 staff members) from the Boys & Girls Club of London for solar observing at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Friday, July 28th, 2017, 11:00 a.m. They were welcomed by graduate student Dilini Subasinghe who brought them downstairs into the “Black Room,” where she showed them the “Transit Demo” model—demonstrating the transit detection method for finding extra-solar planets—and the “Spectroscopy Demo,” inviting the visitors to put on diffraction grating glasses and view the spectra of 4 gas discharge lamps set up on the table, including: hydrogen, helium, neon and mercury. Continue reading “Boys & Girls Club of London, Solar Observing at the Cronyn Observatory, July 28th, 2017”